Hazen Post 189 starts with bang
By Jarann Johnson
Hazen Post 189 took on Crosby at home last week for their Legion season opener and won by 23 runs. Crosby restarted their Legion program this summer and the northwestern border town is literally going through growing pains.
Brian Sitz started for Hazen Post 189 and had an interesting first inning. Sitz struck out two batters, hit two and got the third out of the inning on a popup. Tyler Deering, Crosby starter, also had trouble controlling the ball, walking two batters and hitting one.
Hazen didn’t let Deering gain control of his pitches, making sure that everyone in the lineup got at least one at-bat in the inning. The first two runs of the inning came off of wild pitches.
Hazen Post 189 had three earned runs in the inning – a Hunter Richter one-run double, a Sitz one-run single and an RBI single by Alex Burling. At the end of the first inning Hazen 189 was already up 5-0.
In the second Sitz looked more controlled, striking out three consecutive batters and the Bison offense continued to bat well.
Crosby entered to a new pitcher but the same control issues purveyed for the team. Evan Eroksmoen walked four batters in the inning, three of which counted for runs.
Hazen Post 189 didn’t relent and added nine runs to the scoreboard, making their lead 14-0. The game didn’t change much from there and Hazen 189 looked well in control.
One of the only questions was if Brian Sitz would maintain a no-hitter. Sitz got his answer from Bailey, who reached base on a one-out single.
From there things got a little tougher for Sitz. Sitz hit the next batter, putting two on base with one out. Eroksmoen had a chance to make up for his walks with a base runner in scoring position but struck out.
With two outs it looked like Sitz was going to maintain his scoreless game, but control issues got the best of him and he hit a batter, loading the bases. Crosby broke through in the next at-bat with a Dylan Rose three-run triple.
The three-run triple was the only highlight of the game for Crosby, and Hazen went on to win 26-3 in five innings. Sitz hit six batters in the game but only surrendered three earned runs and struck out 12.